We all know next-generation consoles will be expensive to produce, and although they may only rise in cost by $100 USD (from PS4’s $399 to PS5’s expected $499), Sony may also be taking a loss on top of that, meaning its cost to manufacture at launch could be somewhere around $699 per unit. This is a throwback to the old days in which Xbox 360 launched at a $300 loss and PlayStation 3 shocked the world with the $599 price point during US Recession only to reveal the cost to produce started out between $999 to $1099 per unit.
Of course, costs go down over time, but in order to provide the quality product that users expect with PlayStation 5, Sony has taken it upon themselves to aim higher. That strategy was not cheap either. Sony representatives in a recent interview confirmed that the majority of the parts needed for PS5 have all been secured and noted that the cost of each part has exponentially higher than usual rates for launch units, citing such devices as Samsung’s upcoming S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra (LTE and 5G variants), as competitors for parts and production space in the few plants capable of the output PlayStation 5 will require.
On February 11, 2020 when Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s Season TWO launched, a placeholder for a brand new game mode was added to the main menu. Many have prophesized the coming of Battle Royale to the 2019 remake of Modern Warfare, and it appears this moment has arrived. Currently showing up as “Classified” with a blurred out static imagery, this mode has now been allegedly leaked as Call of Duty Warzone along with footage of the gameplay from its training grounds / tutorial known as Warzone Orientation and takes place in the Armistice Training Facility.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has kicked off with the version 11.50 update coming through and adding a limited time game mode, Search & Destroy, as part of the Love and War event bringing in some challenges for various cosmetic/in-game rewards as well as the return of the Riley skin pack. But that’s not all that the 11.50 patch has brought to Fortnite. Unreal Engine 4 itself has gone through a major upgrade and completely replaced the physics engine with a new destructible environment system known as the Chaos Engine or Chaos Destruction.
A major issue is currently plaguing Sony’s PlayStation Network. There are fake accounts trying to entice vulnerable users into something nefarious, perhaps downloading malware or giving up their banking information / passwords. The avatars being used are defaults from PSN’s 2007 days when Sony’s first online console gaming network was first being established.
Marketing campaigns dictate a lot in the video game industry. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (AKA XSX, or just “Xbox”) releasing later this year, we are finally reaching the point of full reveals. What the PS5 will look like exactly, how much it will cost, and the promises of its major features / operating system will all be deciding factors in the purchasing decision this holiday season.
While many analysts are taking the safe bet that the PS5 will perform better next-generation based on PS4’s smash-through sales performance, this industry is often unpredictable and can change with one bad presentation. That’s why this is so important, and is Sony taking their final look left and right before they cross that road. This generation, Sony and their PS4 have been heroes, legends, and they’re about to walk away from all of that to give birth to the PS5.
The Wonderful 101 is one of the forgotten games from the Wii U era which many feel justifies a ‘cult classic’ status and could be enjoyed by more people if it had been released for one of the industry’s more popular game consoles. Being that this title is a true Wii U exclusive and never saw release on other platforms, it has only been able to achieve a modest 360,000 sales worldwide since its 2013 release.
But this isn’t all PlatinumGames have up their sleeves for Early 2020 reveals. They’ve launched an entire marketing campaign to showcase four projects currently in development, the first of which was this remaster. The successful funding of the game on Kickstarter reached ¥100 million yen in less than 24 hours, and currently sitting on $1.2 million USD at the time of this writing, proving that fans who requested a remaster are genuine buyers.
Many may remember the all too familiar tale of how the original PlayStation started out as a project between Nintendo and Sony for which the deal had gone sour. Upon confirmation that Nintendo would not be using Sony’s disc-based video game console design and instead would go on to create the Nintendo 64, Sony took their designs in-house and built their own empire grossing more video game console sales than any other company (as of 2019). Chief among those, the PlayStation 2 is the highest selling game console of all time with over 155 million units (worldwide sell-through).
Traditionally Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft have been hesitant or outright defiant when it comes to opportunities to provide cross-play systems allowing players to interact together across multiple platforms. However, the huge success of Fortnite, pressure from Microsoft and Nintendo, and eventually even Activision signing on for the world’s first cross-play multiplatform Call of Duty game, it is now a very real possibility that xCloud could come to Switch and while PS Now is busy in overhaul phase with Sony’s new deal for Microsoft to host and manage its servers, therefore may not be ready to discuss quite yet, Sony doesn’t want to be left out of this new venture.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017 but was actually an ultimate iteration of the original Mario Kart 8 game released for the Nintendo Wii U console in 2014. This means that while many new Switch owners are just getting around to the nearly flawless title, universally loved by Mario Kart fans worldwide, the game itself is actually 6 years old already. We must remember to keep this in mind when discussing the possibility of Mario Kart 9 arriving this year, as it may be surprising to some.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took the world by storm and made the Nintendo Switch what it is today in terms of endearment to the gaming community and rapid paced adoption of the hardware translating into a healthy amount of software sales going on at any given time. However, with the Zelda franchise such an important IP for Nintendo, the timing of its release will be determined by the ultimate quality version being reached. Nintendo will not chance a mediocre release in this franchise, and we have rumors swirling that BotW 2 will not make its original 2020 release target window.
Respawn Entertainment provided a full run-down of what is to come tomorrow February 4, 2020 when they launch the fourth season of Apex Legends. You may recall that the title originally launched completely free without any microtransactions, and has been heavily monetized by EA since, but is still found very enjoyable by many players. This is rumored to have been a sacrifice planned as part of a deal to get EA’s hands-off seal of approval for a no-microtransactions Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. You can read more about that in our Market Research file, but if you’re still enjoying Apex Legends despite its reliance on add-on content for revenue, there are some interesting changes hitting us tomorrow as this Season 4: Assimilation update hits the game.